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Fishing news: flounder catches continue to improve

Anglers aboard the Deltaville charter boat “Armadilla” display the 10 cobia they caught in Cape Hatteras recently. They had three citations up to 60 pounds.

by Capt. Percy Blackburn

Flounder fishing continues to improve at the Cell/Buoy #42 area, but it is still somewhat hit or miss. Fish On Bait and Tackle (776-0820) in Deltaville reports that those anglers with good catches have been either jigging Gulp Jerk Shads or trolling squid strips tipped with large bull minnows. The boats that are trolling have been able to control their speed during the rapidly moving tide, as well as cover more ground.

Chumming for rockfish on the Northern Neck Reef has also been hot and cold. Earlier in the week, charter boats reported getting limits of keeper rockfish early in the day, but by week’s end the fishing had slowed. Those boats arriving early and anchoring directly over the structure have had the best results.  Rockfish action in the Rappahannock River has been productive in the early mornings and late evenings. Some anglers are catching fish in the shallows using peeler crab, while others are dropping live spot beside the pilings on the Rappahannock River Bridge. The spring rockfish season runs through June 15.

There are reports of spadefish sightings at the Cell, but anglers have had difficulty catching fish on hook and line. The spadefish bite in this area typically follows shortly after the initial big catch at the Chesapeake Light Tower, which occurred this past weekend. We should see good catches of spadefish, either at the Cell or Wolf Trap Light, very soon as the water temperature moves up.

Croaker continue to be the most sought-after species in the Rappahannock River. Captain Don Bannister (804-314-5657) on the charter boat “Restin’ Easy” has had several very successful trips at the mouth of the river. Captain Chris Deal (804-824-4208) aboard the charter boat “Charlotte D” reported filling his coolers with nice croaker off Towles Point.  These favorites are being caught on squid, shrimp and bloodworms.

The following citations were registered at Fish On Bait and Tackle in Deltaville this past week:

  • Red Drum, 46” (released), caught by John Cumberland of Glen Allen using peeler crab
  • Red Drum, 44” (released), caught by Carter Norton of Glen Allen using peeler crab

posted 06.03.2009

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